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Crews preparing for high fire danger this weekend

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With high winds expected this weekend, local and out-of-area firefighters are expected to keep busy digging lines and putting out hot spots. With high winds expected this weekend, local and out-of-area firefighters are expected to keep busy digging lines and putting out hot spots.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Crews have been working around the clock to get one step ahead of the wildfires burning in Eastern Washington, but their work is far from over.

With high winds expected this weekend, local and out-of-area firefighters are expected to keep busy digging lines and putting out hot spots.

“We do have a line all the way around the [Yale Road] fire now so that’s good,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper, Jeff Sevigney. “But some of it’s not secured, it’s not 100 percent the way we want it.”

As crews continue to attack the fires by air and ground, Fire District 8 and other area district are hiring additional off-duty firefighters to prepare for the weekend.

“On Saturday we’re hiring two extra crews to come into work,” said Fire District 8 Assistant Chief, Greg Godfrey. “Normally we have four fire engines staffed 24/7, but that will give us six on Saturday.”

Godfrey says the additional crews will be used in areas that have the potential to be a problem.

Godfrey says they hire additional staff based on the “80/20/20 rule.” This means if temperatures are higher than 80 degrees, winds are more than 20 mph, and humidity is less than 20 percent, additional resources are needed.

“We do that every summer,” said Godfrey. “We’re hoping that it doesn’t turn into anything significant, but we want to be prepared in case it does.”

Trooper Sevigney says out-of-area crews could be released if they are needed to help with other fires, but that there is still plenty of work to do in Eastern Washington.

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